Apple Pie Oatmeal
Today on the homestead! I am home all day for the second day in a row. Let’s start with breakfast, my favorite meal of the day. I’ve been filling up on apple pie oatmeal before I go out to work (unless Steve is home, and then he cooks breakfast). It’s delicious, hearty, filling, and it keeps me satisfied until lunch. The desire to snack is gone when I’m full of oatmeal. This works well in a crock pot as long as you use old fashioned rather than quick-cooking oatmeal.
One cup of milk or water (I use milk for the protein and satiating fat)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons apple pie spice
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup Applesauce or diced apple
Bring the milk, salt and apple pie spice to a simmer in a one quart pan. Add the oatmeal and bring it back to simmer, stirring often. Continue to simmer for five or six minutes. Remove from heat, add 1/2 cup diced apples if desired, and let sit for ten minutes. Add whatever you’d like for a sweetener if desired. I’ve been using stevia and applesauce. I double or triple this recipe for a quick breakfast the next two or three mornings.
Hen House Repairs
When I comes to building and repairs I’m just about useless. Nails are crooked and sometimes bent over, boards are split on the end because no matter how well I think I’ve one with spacing, I put the nail too close to the edge. There’s usually a bruised finger or two and a lot of swearing by the time I’m done with the hammer and nails. The hen house used to be the pig barn when we had Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. Before that, it was a cabin out on Route 1. It was given to us the summer after we moved here and were in need of housing for four rescued GOS pigs. It was old then and now it’s been here for 17 years with no work other than being painted a couple of times.
For some reason unknown to me, the left side of the door had piece of OSB (oriented strand board, aka chip board) rather than tongue and groove pine. The board was warped and chipping and looked horrid. It’s bugged me for years and this year it was beyond ignoring. Steve’s putting the siding on the barn and remembered that I wanted to make this repair. He cut the boards and ripped off the OSB, and this morning I set out to get the job done. Two or three nails are bent over a little sideways but overall it looks pretty good. I found a few more boards that should be replaced while we’ve got matching boards, and before we rent the paint sprayer. We’ll be painting the barn, hen house and garden shed.
I’ll be spending a good part of the rest of the day putting up tomatoes. I use a lot of stewed tomatoes in soups in the winter. It will be a mix of varieties, homegrown basil, onion, chives, theyme and garlic, and local onions and celery. Somewhere between picking tomatoes and herbs and pressure canning it all I’ll be making a loaf of sandwich bread with a new recipe I’m working on. And maybe a batch of Apple Pie Muffins. I’m in an apple pie kinda mood these days – apple pie oatmeal and muffins. And now I’m off to the high tunnel to pick tomatoes. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what happened at Tractor Supply. Oops.